Born Out of Persecution
During the Japanese occupation, the government exercised extreme and brutal measures of persecution against Korean Christians forcing compulsory Shinto shrine worship in an attempt to undermine the foundation of the Korean Independence Movement. In order to fight against the enforced Shinto worship, Korean Christians began a nationwide campaign out of which rose two prominent leaders, Rev. Ju, Nam Sun and Rev. Han, Sang Dong.
They were imprisoned for five years under severe conditions. After they were freed at the end of the Japanese occupation, they called for Korean churches to repent of the sin of Shinto shrine worship. As part of the national movement of repentance, in 1946, these two pastors founded Korea Seminary, the forerunner of Kosin University, in order to train up future pastors for Korean churches who were equipped with the faith of martyrs and with purity.
In the following years Korea Seminary underwent many changes including becoming the designated seminary for and being managed by the Kosin denomination.
Dynamic Change and Expansion
In 1971, it became a government-approved college and changed its name to Korean Theological College. The next 10 years saw the development of the Christian Education Department, Church Music Department, the Graduate School, and the Medical Department as well as the building of a campus at Busan, Seo Gu, Am Nam Dong 34.
The name change to Kosin College in 1980 recognised the desire not only to train leaders for Korean churches, but also to educate competent students to contribute to Korean society and the world community.
A second campus was established in Busan, Yeongdo Gu, Dongsam Dong 149-1 in 1982 followed by the seminary moving to Choong Nam, Chun Ahn, Sam Yong Dong in 1998. The additional campuses provided another opportunity for rapid expansion with the university now comprising of 6 college, 22 departments and 6 graduate schools.
The name change to Kosin University in 1993 reflects the significant progress made in becoming a comprehensive, Christian university, equipping leaders for the church, for Korea and for the world, leaders who have been trained using principles based on the Old and New Testaments and on Christian worldview.
Korean Christians acknowledge their indebtedness to missionary endeavours in establishing the strong church that exists in Korea, today. Reflecting this deep felt gratitude, Kosin University has reached out to other nations of the world by inaugurating, in 2007, English and Chinese language postgraduate programs for students from countries where Christianity is not well established and for whom financial considerations are a deterrent to further study. This is a true reflection of the basic principals of the founders expressed in a relevant way in the 21st century.